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In the northern province of Nineveh, up to 27 people were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide bomb attack near Mosul, the capital of Nineveh
Sources put the toll at 22 killed and 41 wounded. The toll could still rise as many of the wounded are in critical conditions.
The attack began around 5:30 a.m. when a group of five suicide bombers detonated a van full of explosives near the auxiliary gate of the American Consulate, according to the office of the governor of Herat Province. As many as 20 civilians in the area were also sent to hospitals for treatment
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault
We first saw it with the sequester—where the $800 billion in defense cuts was supposed to prod the GOP to negotiate in good faith for a grand bargain. Instead, the bulk of the GOP nodded in approval and left the military-industrial complex slack-jawed, abandoned despite the mounds of campaign cash they shipped into GOP coffers.
The real issue — Americans should hope that the forthcoming congressional debate makes this explicit — concerns the advisability of continuing to rely on military might as the preferred means of advancing U.S. interests in this part of the world.